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art space Artspace Bristol took over the factory as part of an artist intiative emerging throughout the UK. During the1980s all across Britain, artist practices were being abolished to make way for housing developments. However, exhibitons, public projects & development programmes were becoming much of a frequent occurance at the old tea factory.
As well as further developments, 1991 came with the purchase of the factory by a developer, with intentions of demolishing the property. The artists began a campaign to secure an on going existence for the people and practitioners at the space.
ArtSpace proceeded into the Spring of 1998 to officially open as Spike Island ArtSpace.